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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Big Dick's Olde AleArcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 10-26-2006)
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Photo of techfed87
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, thick head. Color is a clouded amber.

Smell has a certain grape-like sweetness.

First sip is a mix of malty sweetness and subtle bitterness.
Much sweeter than I expected, with almost a honey-like quality to it. Still, a very VERY tasty beer.

Definitely try it sometime!

Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a dark, ruby brown with a white head

S - smells very malty, some sweet, dark fruits and some spice. Smells very inviting.

T - there is a lot of different stuff going on here: dark flavors, toasted malts, black licorice, leather, cinnamon, and red hots. I like the complexity, however the flavors don't seem to blend very well.

M - watery and thing, but very smooth

D - this was a pretty good olde ale. It seemed like it needed some age on it so that the flavors would settle.

Photo of TommyW
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Brown with tints of gold and amber, thin and sticky white head.

S- Caramel malt with some fruity sweetness and alcohol.

T- Nice malty base with flavors of fruits, caramel, and a slight tobacco note. Alcohol is there but not overpower.

M- Medium to full feel with an easy carbonation.

D- Really interesting ale; a nice sipping beer that isn't to heavy or overpowering in intensity.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage Bottle

Not much head in the center of the glass after sitting for a few moments, but a good quarter inch foam lines the edges. The color is a dark reddish brown.

There is a bit of booze in the smell with hints of sweet fruits. Reminds me of smelling wine.

This has a touch of sweetness that seems to come from dates or raisins. There is almost a roasty quality too. At the end I can taste a lot of apple and a hint of booze.

For being a fairly big beer, it isn't very thick. Take away the big flavor and it has the mouthfeel of a pale ale. But it clumps up the saliva in my mouth at the end and makes me want to spit.

This has ok drinkability. Pretty good for an Old ale, but average compared to the whole beer spectrum.

Photo of number1bum
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 vintage bottle from BeerTruth. Thanks sally.

Pours a cloudy copper color with about an inch of nice tan foam on top. Keeps reasonably well and leaves a nice ring of stick on the side.

Smell is primarily caramel and toffee sweetness without much else. Some butterscotch as well, plus some solvent alcohol.

Taste is also primarily sweet with an alcoholic bite to it and a phenolic astringency that I find somewhat offputting. Caramel and buttery toffee qualities are nice but the rest is not terribly pleasant.

Mouthfeel is reasonably creamy and medium-full in body but the astringency and alcohol hurt.

This wasn't a particularly good or enjoyable beer. Pretty mediocre.

Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits a deep brownish amber

Smell: malty sweet with notes of caramel, dark fruit, vinous and dried spice. slight alcohol presence and fruity esters

Taste: high-medium, complex malt character with notes of dark fruit, vinous, nut and fruity esters. slightly sweet finish. alcohol is well concealed but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: low-full, rich body. medium carbonation

Notes: complex malt character, warming alcohol and rich body make for a delicious winter warmer. good example of a textbook English Old ale

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is a 2006 vintage. Pours a mildly hazy, bright copper color with a creamy light tan foam. Fades pretty quick to a thin layer.

Smell is mostly malty mixed with some light, earthy cocoa and mild fruits...honeydew melons come to mind. Smell is pretty decent and not showing many signs of oxidation after 3+ years of age.

This has mellowed tremendously as the light toffee maltiness is complimented by some fruity esters and slight booziness. There are some mild signs of oxidation in the flavor, but not much. I could use a bit more body and creaminess, and the malts seem a bit light and not sweet enough. Hops have all but disappeared by now, but it sure could use some leafy green bitterness. It is a decent beer, but a lackluster old ale at the 3 year mark.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bomber, 2007 vintage; awesome medieval-themed label (I'm a sucker for beer bottles with labels relating to my field of study)

Appearance: Bright, polished mahogany beer with some nice red tings...a strong pour produces a big creamy light-tan head with good retention and some lacing

Smell: Lots of sweet caramel and some definite estery booziness, as well as a little bit of dark toasted malt...not much in the way of hops in the aroma

Taste: Starts with big candy-like caramel up front but very quickly changes to being predominately about the estery alcohol...this is definitely a bit boozier than I expected it to be at 8% abv after some two years of age. It definitely goes a bit beyond warming and is a bit hot and aggressive...there's not a huge depth of flavor here; the fruity alcohol is mildly brandy-like and the caramel notes are pleasant, but both fade a bit quickly and all you're really left with is a hot booziness and a mild but somehow astringent hop bitterness...all in all, a bit unsorted. Maybe just a TOUCH of oxidation as well.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent weight, but the high level of booze makes it seem a bit too light for the style IMO

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: I'd had this beer once before and thought I really liked it, but in retrospect, it was before I really started getting into craft and I might have had a couple of brews before this one so my judgment may not have been spot on...Arcadia's brews are very hit or miss for me, and this one's a bit of a letdown.

Photo of ekw590
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Brick-red and amber hues, bright glow, and frothy head.
S: Very fragrant nose followed by mild hoppiness.
T: Sweet, bready malt aromas combine with rich flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar, and caramel.
M: Big, yeasty full in the mouth.
This is very much my style. Offering loads of sweetness and just hints of bitterness.

Photo of wnh
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours an opaque orange-tinted chestnut brown with a slight glow and a small light tan head.

Aromas of dark fruit, dried leaves, brown sugar, and maple sugar, all relatively subdued. Lightly bitter on the palate, coming through in the dried leaf flavor. Medium bodied with a bit of stickiness, leading to a lingering dried fruit flavor and a dry finish.

A pretty decent beer on the whole, and one that certainly develops as it warms, but not my favorite style, and certainly not my favorite within the style.

Photo of DawnL
2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I actually poured it out.

The appearance was cloudy. There was no head. No lacing either. It wasn't flat - just not terribly interesting.

The nose was sweet. It was almost sickly sweet. Had a kind of ketone quality to it. Not that appealing.

The palate was dominated by sweet malts with a musty quality. There was a funky edge that bordered on vile.

The mouthfeel was good. Kind of thick and unctuous. I guess that was due to the sweetness of the beer. It had a syrupy quality which coated the palate nicely.

I found this beer to be undrinkable. I would not purchase it again.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a big ass nonic pint. This is a deep plum purple/red which doesnt let much, if any, light pass through. The head is off white and fades into a thick film.

S- Great smell! Its very unique. Cherries, plums and oak dominate in that order.

T- Mostly malty and buscuity. but there is alot of dark fruits, most of which are noted in the smell. Cherries and plums. Vanilla and oak are noticeable as well.

M- The body is on the full size of medium and the carbonation is somewhat low at first but the prickliness of the carbonation is felt after its gone.

D- This is more of a sipper for me. The strong alcohol and oaked flavors pummel the palate, but this is to be desired by many.

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My pour resulted in a finger of light-tan head with low retention. The color was a VERY cloudy orangish-brown. Nose was rich with malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of sugary sweetness on the tongue. I let it warm and I was glad that I did - some of the sweetness diminished, allowing a warming sensation to come forward. The finish was warm, leaving me with a glowing feel. One would be plenty for this hophead.

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

2006 Vintage

The beer was pretty cold when I poured it so not a lot of tan head. Color is pretty cool though. A dark caramel hazed bark brown. Very good looking beer. It has a dark light cherry hue to it. I let it warm up before I drank it and then the head developed due to the etching.

Aroma: Booze, oak/wood, cherries, vanilla, plums, dark dried fruits, raisins, maple, red apples. Very great smelling beer. Almost a 4.5

Taste: Big boozy oak flavor. Vanilla, dried cherries, plums, raisins, a to of dark dried fruits, a little wine like. Big malty taste with some tart going on.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Big boozy feel. Highly carbonated. Full bodied. Leaves a dry oak/malty aftertaste. Not bad/not good.

Overall, I am really liking this beer. A lot of flavor going on here. Seems to be aged in barrels, but I am not certain on that. Definitely wished I had grabbed another bomber at the price I got it at. I could definitely have this again.

Photo of magine
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured brew into my mug.

The brew pours a brown - copper color. Nice (small) off white/tan head. Decent lacing.

The beer smells floral and nutty, and smells sweet.

This beer is sweet. And the alcohol is apparent in this brew. Floral hoppy taste.

This brew is drinkable but only for a few, it is a little to sweet for me. And the alcohol is to apparent in this one.

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Joplin Macadoodles pick-up

Pours a turbid/effervescent chestnut with a finger of khaki colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Figs & dates, plus oaky vanilla notes once warm

T: Taste follows the nose, plus some leafy hops up front. Oaky dryness, more orchard fruit & leafy/woody hops as this warms. finishes dry with a kiss of booze, some apricot & woodyness

MF: Seems a bit light bodied, low carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks alright, but lack of malt depth really takes this one down a knotch or 2...Not bad, just doesn'y quite pull together

Photo of coldmeat23
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a golden copper color with slight ruby hints. One-finger head of loose tan foam recedes to a light frothy covering. Lacing is decent, but somewhat slick.

Smells sweet and fruity, in a dark way though, not in light golden, belgian, sort of way.
Cherries, plums and notes of other dark fruits. Wonderful brown sugar profile. Bananas. Good sweet malt presence.
Overall, the nose is quite muted, for the style. At least, I expect an old ale to be a bit more bold and complex.

Taste is mild, also.
Light notes of caramel and brown sugar. Some bananas mingling with a few dark fruits, grapes and a green apple. Light malt flavors. Very mild butteriness.

This is just barely medium-bodied. Quite possibly the lightest bodied old ale I've ever had. Carbonation level is good, there just isn't a whole lot going on here.

This is certainly super drinkable. That's because it's so mild, though. When I think of old ales, I don't think of mild, I think of complex. This one is not.
Reviewing to style, this one doesn't do so well.

Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a an interesting shade of light translucent yet hazy mahogany. There is a decent finger and a half tan head to it that has good retention, though not much lacing to speak of. Nose is light but sweet - some caramel malts come through, raisins, cherries, and a touch of breadiness. Taste is bitter up front - some roasted malts that weren't in the nose. It then sweetens up with caramel malts, and raisin, the finish has a touch of hop bite to it. Mouthfeel - this is a medium bodied beer, a bit oily/slick going down, decent carbonation, and the alcohol content is evident. Overall a decent beer - not my particular favorite of the style, but worth sitting down with.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my shaker glass. The bottle states this is a 2006 vintage. Appears a muted, hazy dark copper color with about an inch of off white head. Alcohol is apparent in the smell and taste, but it is not overpowering. Time was kind to this bottle, it mellowed nicely. Smells of brown sugar, bananas, and caramel malt. Bananas foster in a bottle anyone? Tastes is dominated by over ripe, brown, mushy bananas, caramel, and brown sugar. Medium bodied with slightly muted carbonation. Glad I got a chance to try this one with some age on it.

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Amber/orange pour, descent off white head with good retention. Malty aroma with some understated caramel. Flavor is better, nice toffee/caramel, malt, yellow raisin, slight brown sugar. Medium body, fairly lively. Finish is more piney with a hint of citrus. Interesting brew, would have liked just a bit more body to this, but all in all pretty good.

Photo of becktone
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 12-14-08

2007 vintage.

Eye: This beer pours beautifully. Color is a hazy, cloudy brown. That's it, just brown. A medium brown with no highlights or anything. Head formation is excellent, and retention is nice as well (a little thicker head would be nice). Lacing is composed of thicker rings connected by sheets of lace. The head is creamy in appearance and is off/dirty white...khaki.

Nose: Lots of sweet malt aromas in here, alcohol as well. The sweet malt aroma is most similar to that of fresh wort, just after its cooled. Hops are here, but in low amounts. The citrus aroma coming from the hops blends nicely and works well with the sweet malt aroma. Maybe some sour apple aroma in there/cidery. Overall a pretty nice aroma, just about average, what is expected for something at 8% and of this style. The nose is overall pretty weak, it'd be nicer were it a bit stronger and more robust. It is possible for me to remember the smell of old stock and being the same style, this beer, Dick's Olde Ale, pales in comparison when it comes to aroma. The aroma isn't cloyingly sweet but it just has a rather one-dimensional malt sweetness that doesn't hint at any complexity.

Tongue: Real pleased with this beer. Was worried that the cidery aroma I was picking up was hinting at this one going downhill. Unlike the nose, the flavor of this beer isn't dominated by malt sweetness. Sure its there, its the first thing that you taste when it enters the mouth. Barley character is here, not quite all that upfront though. Its a subtle taste underneath the big alcohol presence which does an excellent job of giving balance to this beer. Alcohol adds depth and a measure of complexity to this beer. I don't think that it'd work if the alcohol weren't upfront like it is.

Feel and Drinkability: Carbonation is low and delicate, just right for the style. Finish is dry. Really nothing all that special, pretty much just what is expected, nothing outstanding, nothing special. Overall just right, just right as in Goldie locks and the Three Bears. This is one that I'll consider buying again. I am pleased with this beer from Arcadia, its the first I've had in a long time due to some volcanoes that I previously had. This beer is the first from them that has impressed me, the first that I'm thinking about coming back to at some point. I will enjoy drinking the rest of this beer.

Photo of ralree
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque brown, cloudy, nice tan head.

S: Fruity, quite a bit of alcohol, brown sugar, hops are in there nicely.

T: Dark fruit, quite alcoholic, nice toasted malt. Not cloying. Very light aftertaste of toasted malt. Fruit flavor doesn't linger. Fruit is pretty tangy.

M: Medium-light bodied, not syrupy. Pretty dry and clean. Carbonation is good.

D: Drinks well, goes down easy, isn't overly filling, will get you drunk quick. Not bad at all.

Photo of Dalem
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium pour bigs out a thin head that doesn't last long and a spotty lace that sinks right back into this murky copper colored brew. The aroma is faint but what I detect is cherries, a splash of rum and raisins. There's a bit more action in the taste compared to the smell but not quite what one would expect from something that claims on the label to be a "liquid ode to Richard the Lion Heart". Y'know what I mean. Such grand statements prepare ya for something brimming with attitude in it's flavors but it almost seems that this is more talk than it is action. It's not bad though it just doesn't push it to some hearty full on floor ya type of flavorful level. Medium bodied-not too thick and not too light. Lots of malt sweetness and some dark fruit flavors on the tongue. Brown sugar notes in the back of the mouth and a bit of a brandy burn down the throat.

Photo of Nickls
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Coppery with brown hues, poured with a thin white head.

S - Nothing really sticks out too much; some muted herbal spiciness is the one thing that was predominant

T - Definitely has the old ale spiced nature, with some fruity/berry flavors. Some juniper and a bit of hop nearing the end as it warmed.

M - Dryish, and thinner MF, and not out of the realm for the style.

D - Just OK on this front, and it was a bit more of a chore to work through the sample. The thinnish MF kept it from being too appealing as it was pretty hot with the alcohol.

Overall, not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way again in the near future. Tough style, and kudos on the effort, but not my favorite offering from Arcadia.

Photo of Pamola
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had anything from arcadia before. A buddy picked this up in tyngsboro, mass for me for 7.50 or so.

A: Pours a nice-looking reddish chestnut with a medium tight head.

S. Nice old ale aroma with a very distinct hoppiness.

T: Nice and deep old ale. It starts light on the palate then fills out incredibly.

M: Like the taste, the body explodes after a thin start.

D: This beer would get pretty heavy. Pretty nice though and I love the style. Not enough old ales out there.

Arcadia Big Dick's Olde Ale from Arcadia Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.